Liberty Media sends a Dutch Grand Prix offer to Zandvoort


Reports from the Dutch media claim that Formula One Management has made an offer to Zandvoort to put the Netherlands back on the F1 calendar as soon as 2020.

According to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Liberty Media has chosen the historic circuit along the North sea over a potential deal with Assen whose owners have also done a feasibility study on bring Grand Prix racing back to the country.

"If we sign now, the Netherlands will have a grand prix again in 2020," said Zandvoort owner Prince Bernhard van Oranje said.

"With Max Verstappen, everyone is well aware that this is a unique opportunity."

It was believed that Zandvoort's chances of hosting an F1 event had faded in the past months, with promoters reluctant to commit to a 20 million-euro franchise fee, with overall costs estimated at over 30 million euros.

Liberty Media is apparently favoring Zandvoort over Assen on the basis of the track's history, intimately linked to F1.

Zandvoort, which hosted its first F1 race in 1952, last welcomed the Dutch Grand Prix in 1985, a race won by McLaren's Niki Lauda.

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